The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump touts Iran sanctions with 'Game of Thrones' meme | 4 days to midterms | Toss-up races key to Senate battle | Strong October jobs report

The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump touts Iran sanctions with 'Game of Thrones' meme | 4 days to midterms | Toss-up races key to Senate battle | Strong October jobs report

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump touts new nuclear sanctions with 'Game of Thrones' meme | 4 days to midterms | Vulnerable Dems throw their party under the bus | GOP infighting spills into public view | Toss-up races dominate Senate battle | 10 House GOP seats most likely to flip | Strong October jobs report | Trump blames Pittsburgh, mail bomb suspects for halting GOP 'momentum' | Trump says soldiers may fire on migrants throwing rocks | Starbucks unveils holiday cups



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The economy added a robust 250,000 jobs in October. Oh and: The unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent, the lowest level since December 1969. Keep in mind: These strong numbers could help President TrumpDonald John TrumpHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Countdown clock is on for Mueller conclusions Omar: White supremacist attacks are rising because Trump publicly says 'Islam hates us' MORE and Republicans on Election Day.


Only diamonds are forever: 

Via The Hill’s Rebecca Kheel, the Trump administration is planning to reinstate the sanctions that were lifted under the Iran nuclear deal in 2015. From Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoFive things to watch as AIPAC conference kicks off US sanctions Venezuelan bank after Guaidó aide's arrest The Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game MORE" "This part of the campaign about which we’re speaking today is simple: It is aimed at depriving the regime of the revenues that it uses to spread death and destruction around the world.”



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When it's four days until the midterms and you have a one-track mind:

During last night's campaign rally in Missouri, President Trump blamed the Pittsburgh shooting suspect and the man accused of sending pipe bombs to Democrats of halting the GOP's momentum.

In Trump's words: "We did have two maniacs stop a momentum that was incredible, because for seven days nobody talked about the elections. It stopped a tremendous momentum. ... More importantly, we have to take care of our people, and we don't care about momentum when it comes to a disgrace like just happened to our country. But it did nevertheless stop a certain momentum, and now the momentum is picking up."

TO SPICE UP YOUR FRIDAY: Here's video of Rep. John LewisJohn Lewis Civil rights icon John Lewis after New Zealand mosque attacks: 'We cannot sow seeds of hatred' Why are Trump and Congress avoiding comprehensive immigration reform? Together, we carry on the age-old struggle for justice for all MORE (D-Ga.) dancing to Pharrell Williams's "Happy."


A contender for Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyPentagon sends B-52 bombers to Europe for exercises amid tensions with Russia Overnight Health Care: Trump officials sued over Medicaid work requirements in New Hampshire | Analysis contradicts HHS claims on Arkansas Medicaid changes | Azar signals HHS won't back down on e-cigs 40 years of Iranian threats against Israel and few pay any attention MORE's replacement:

President Trump said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is being seriously considered to replace Nikki Haley as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. 

In Trump's words: "She's been a supporter for a long time and she's really excellent. We'll probably make a decision next week. We have a lot of people who want the job and there are a lot of really great people, but we'll be talking about that next week sometime."



What, you thought politics was a team sport?! Ha. Haha!:
Via The Hill's Alexander Bolton, "Democrats in tough Senate races around the country are throwing their party under the bus as they seek to pull out victories in red states won just two years ago by President Trump."

For example: Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillLobbying world Dem candidate has Hawley served subpoena at CPAC Annual scorecard ranks GOP environmental efforts far below Dems in 2018 MORE (D-Mo.) has been airing a radio ad declaring she's "not one of those crazy Democrats." And Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterSanders, Ocasio-Cortez back 'end the forever war' pledge Dems wrestle over how to vote on ‘Green New Deal’ White House pleads with Senate GOP on emergency declaration MORE (D-Mont.) told The Hill that Democrats "botched" the debate over Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughKavanaugh to teach summer course in England GOP eager to exploit Dem court-packing fight Court-packing becomes new litmus test on left MORE.

More examples -- there are LOTS:

EH, BUT IT'S NOT JUST A ONE-PARTY PROBLEM: Via The Hill's Melanie Zanona, Republican infighting has spilled into public view just a few days before the midterms. How so:


What to know about the battle for the Senate:

The situation for Democrats: "Democrats are playing defense in 10 states that Trump carried in 2016, and where he remains popular. They'll need to run the table -- flipping two GOP seats and holding on to their own vulnerable incumbents -- if they want to win the Senate." 

If they lose even one seat they are defending, they would have to win in three of their four potential pick up opportunities: Nevada, Arizona, Tennessee and Texas.

The situation for Republicans: Republicans have only one vulnerable incumbent, Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary Oregon Dem top recipient of 2018 marijuana industry money, study finds MORE (Nev.), the only GOP senator running in a state that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Ex-Clinton aide: Dems should make 2020 'about integrity' Trump mounts Rust Belt defense MORE won in 2016.

Who has a better chance of controlling the Senate: Republicans.

But why Republicans shouldn't be extremely confident: "Even with a promising GOP map, Doug Heye, a strategist and former spokesman for the Republican National Committee, said the battle for the Senate wasn't likely to feature many 'blowouts anyways,' meaning several races may very well be decided in the remaining days."

More on how this could play out from The Hill's Jordain Carney and Lisa Hagen:

AND MEANWHILE IN THE HOUSE: Here are the top 10 House seats most likely to flip:

FASCINATING MAP: Bloomberg analyzed more than three million election ads to see the most-mentioned issues in each state. The map: 



What we know about the migrants:

This morning, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenClinton calls for people to sign petition to help DACA recipient detained by ICE Hillicon Valley: Nunes sues Twitter for 0 million | Trump links tech giants to 'Radical Left Democrats' | Facebook settles suits over ad discrimination | Dems want answers over spread of New Zealand shooting video Nielsen calls for greater public-private collaboration on cyber threats MORE said the majority of migrants traveling to the U.S. are victims of violence. In her words: "We have about 30 percent of women who take that journey are sexually abused, 17 percent of men. Seventy percent of the migrants are victims of violence."

Why this is noteworthy: Trump has been describing people in the migrant caravan as a serious security threat to the United States. 


Trump weighs in on the security of the caravan on the border:

President Trump described possible military action on the southern border if migrants act with violence. In Trump's words: "They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back. I told them, consider it a rifle." Watch Trump's description:



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Just tell me where to send my money:



The House and Senate are out.

11:45 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leaves for Kansas City, Mo., and then to Indianapolis.

2:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump leaves the White House leaves for a campaign rally in Huntington, W.Va., and another in Indianapolis.

3:10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence speaks at a CPAC event in Kansas City, Mo.

9:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C. Trump stays overnight in Indianapolis.        

Sunday: Daylight Saving Time ends. I.e.: Set your clocks back an hour.



2:30 p.m. EDT: Former President Obama campaigns in Miami for Democratic candidates. Livestream: 

4 p.m. EDT: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Huntington, W.Va. Livestream:

7:15 p.m. EDT: President Trump and Vice President Pence hold a campaign rally in Indianapolis. Livestream:



Today is National Deviled Egg Day.


It's the holiday season, the holiday season!:

Starbucks unveiled its holiday-themed cups. Think: "One with red stripes, one with a green argyle pattern, one with red and white flames and one with mistletoe-like coffee cherries in red and green." Photo -- I like these!:


Weekend plans:

Via The Washington Post's Going out Guide, here are 12 things to do in D.C. this weekend. The list:


And to get your weekend off to the right start, here's a dog and a duck who truly love each other: